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Title: Formation of ultracold {sup 7}Li{sup 85}Rb molecules in the lowest triplet electronic state by photoassociation and their detection by ionization spectroscopy

We report the formation of ultracold {sup 7}Li{sup 85}Rb molecules in the a{sup 3}Σ{sup +} electronic state by photoassociation (PA) and their detection via resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI). With our dual-species Li and Rb magneto-optical trap apparatus, we detect PA resonances with binding energies up to ∼62 cm{sup −1} below the {sup 7}Li 2s {sup 2}S{sub 1/2} + {sup 85}Rb 5p {sup 2}P{sub 1/2} asymptote. In addition, we use REMPI spectroscopy to probe the a{sup 3}Σ{sup +} state and excited electronic 3{sup 3}Π and 4{sup 3}Σ{sup +} states and identify a{sup 3}Σ{sup +} (v″ = 7–13), 3{sup 3}Π (v{sub Π}′ = 0–10), and 4{sup 3}Σ{sup +} (v{sub Σ}′ = 0–5) vibrational levels. Our line assignments agree well with ab initio calculations. These preliminary spectroscopic studies on previously unobserved electronic states are crucial to discovering transition pathways for transferring ultracold LiRb molecules created via PA to deeply bound rovibrational levels of the electronic ground state.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)
  2. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415538
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; BINDING ENERGY; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; GROUND STATES; LITHIUM 7; MOLECULES; PHOTOIONIZATION; PROBES; RUBIDIUM 85; TRAPS; TRIPLETS; VIBRATIONAL STATES